About Black Forest Academy

Black Forest Academy (BFA) provides a quality, international Christian education that equips its students to influence their world through biblical thought, character, and action.

BFA was founded in 1956 by TeachBeyond, formerly Janz Team Ministries. It is an international Christian school providing an English language education for grades 5-12. Grades 1-4 are part of a bilingual school, Christliche Schule Kandern. BFA serves the children of international Christian workers and international business families who want a North American curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview. BFA has an enrollment of approximately 310 students, with about 50% of the 9th-12th grade students in the residential boarding program.

The Black Forest region encompasses the southwest corner of Germany, with BFA located in the picturesque village of Kandern. The nearest cities to BFA include Basel in Switzerland, Mulhouse in France, and Lörrach and Freiburg in Germany. If you’d like more information on living in Kandern, read Moving to Kandern.

Core Values

  1. Truth
  2. Excellence
  3. Learning
  4. Community
  5. Evangelism through Partnership
  6. International Perspective
  7. Stewardship

School Operations

The school is operated by a board of trustees. The administrators, faculty, residence and support staff are international Christian workers assigned to BFA by these participating organizations and other mission sending agencies.

TeachBeyond Partner Schools

Christliche Schule Kandern

A bilingual Christian elementary school in Kandern, Germany.
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Leman International Academy

A bilingual international Christian school in Geneva, Switzerland.